A 13th Century Arabic pattie recipe found on “Let Hem Boyle”
Saara who runs ‘Let Hem Boyle’ writes: This is the recipe that was used by Sayyid Abu al-Hasan and others in Morocco, and they called it isfîriyâ.
A everyday soup recipe for ordinary people
found on cookit.e2bn.org
People have eaten a lot of soup throughout the ages, ever since they had made the first cooking pots that would withstand heat. In Tudor times, it was still the main part of an ordinary person’s diet. It was basically a vegetable soup, flavoured with herbs and thickened with oats.
Ordinary people would not have been able to afford much meat, so they would rely on this soup as their staple diet together with bread and cheese. Occasionally meat bones or fish would be added when available.
An old chicken recipe found on sbs.com.au
In the 14th and 15th centuries, a dish with the name ‘compost’ was the term for any stewed mixture – a ‘composition’ of ingredients. This could have been meat, vegetables or fruit. The French term ‘compote’ very likely derives from the English ‘compost’.
Recipes from late 14th – mid 15th century Britain found at Let Hem Boyle
Since a lot of the ingredients in medieval recipes are unknown to most of us I’ve added a list of the most common ones with explanation and the closest modern equivalent for those of you who want to try out some of these recipes. Click the link above for the list – Ted